PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Getting 21 points from reserve Forward Alex English, the Bucks evened their series with Denver at three games apiece with a 119-91 win in Milwaukee. San Antonio wasn't looking forward to Game 6 in its series with Washington at Capital Centre—because the Spurs hadn't won at Land-over in two NBA seasons. They still haven't. The Bullets took the game 103-100 and the series to advance to the semifinals against Philadelphia. Washington then grabbed a 1-0 lead in a 122-117 overtime victory in the best-of-seven playoff. Defending champion Portland, which lost 100-98 at Seattle, faced elimination at 3-1, but stayed alive Sunday with a 113-89 win despite playing without Bill Walton, Lloyd Neal and Bob Gross, all out with injuries for the rest of the playoffs.
BOWLING—DONNA ADAMEK defeated Pat Costello by 15 pins to win the $25,000 WPBA Rockford (Ill.) Classic.
BOXING—In a 10-round nontitle fight, ROBERTO DURAN, the world lightweight champion, won a unanimous decision over Adolfo Viruet in Madison Square Garden (page 71).
Alexis Arguello, the WBC super-featherweight champion, knocked out Rey Tam in the fifth round in Los Angeles. Arguello has a 54-3 record, with 44 knockouts.
May 7, 1978
DIVING—PHIL BOGGS won the men's three-meter springboard to lead the U.S. to a 58-30 defeat of the Soviet Union in a dual meet in Cleveland. KENT VOSLER took the men's 10-meter and JENNI CHANDLER the women's three-meter. IRINA KALININA won the women's 10-meter for the only Soviet victory (page 24).
GOLF—Gary Player failed in his attempt to win his fourth consecutive PGA tournament as LON HINKLE shot a 17-under-par 271 to take the $200,000 New Orleans Open. Player was tied for fifth, six strokes back.
Sam Snead, 65, and Gardner Dickinson, 50, won the $400,000 Legends of Golf Tournament in Austin as Snead birdied the last three holes. The pair shot a best-ball 17 under par of 193 to defeat Kel Nagle, 57, and Peter Thomson, 48, of Australia by one stroke (page 26).
Janet Coles made a birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Gloria Ehret and Hollis Stacy to win her first LPGA tournament, the $75,000 Lady Tara Classic in Atlanta.
HARNESS RACING—Notching his 37th sub-two-minute mile, RAMBLING WILLIE ($4.20), Bob Farrington driving, won the $50,000 Bret's Star Pace at the Meadowlands. The 1:57[4/5] mile enabled Willie to tie Albatross for the most two-minute miles in a career.
HOCKEY—NHL: In the seventh game of the Toronto-Islanders series, Rightwinger Lanny McDonald redeemed himself for a missed shot that cost the Maple Leafs Game 5. At 4:13 in overtime—the third of the series—McDonald scored on a 20-footer that sent the Leafs to Montreal for the semifinals. The Canadiens won their series with Detroit 4-1. The last time Philadelphia met Buffalo in postseason play, the Flyers won in six games and went on to take the 1975 Stanley Cup. This time the Flyers won in five games, beating the Sabres 4-2 and dropping Buffalo's record in the Spectrum to 1-21-3 (page 86).
WHA: Quebec wrapped up its best-of-seven quarterfinal playoff series by defeating Houston 11-2. The confident Nordiques then took on the New England Whalers, whom they had beaten four straight in regular-season play, in the first game of the semifinals. But the Whalers prevented league scoring leader Marc Tar-dif (154 points) from getting any shots on goal and beat Quebec 5-1.
HORSE RACING—ALYDAR ($2.20), a 1-to-10 favorite with Jorge Velasquez up, won the $119,000 Blue Grass Stakes by 13 lengths. The Calumet Farm 3-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 28).
SOCCER—NASL: Jeff Bourne scored both goals as Dallas handed second-place Washington its first loss in six games, 2-0. In the West, Peter Anderson had his second hat trick of the season to lead San Diego to a 5-3 win over Portland. Chicago lost 1-0 to Minnesota. Tulsa gave Memphis its fifth loss in as many games, 2-0, as Forward Bill Sautter scored both goals.
ASL: Cleveland's Tony Tiselj scored an unassisted goal at nine minutes into overtime as the Cobras defeated the Indy Daredevils 1-0. Cleveland is tied for first with New York in the East. In the Western Division, California moved into first place as Andy Chapman scored the second and third goals in a 3-1 win over Sacramento. Los Angeles defeated Southern California 2-0.
TENNIS—HAROLD SOLOMON won the $250,000 Alan King Classic in Las Vegas after Corrado Barazzutti was forced to retire during the second set because of stomach pains, with Solomon leading 6-1, 3-0.
WTT: First-place Boston rallied to defeat San Diego 27-26, and then beat Golden Gate 31-15. CHRIS EVERT of Los Angeles defeated Virginia Wade 7-6, and teamed with TRACY AUSTIN to down Marise Kruger and liana Kloss 6-4 as the Strings beat Golden Gate 28-23. Evert is undefeated this season. RENE RICHARDS teamed with MARTY RIESSEN to defeat Ray Ruffels and JoAnne Russell 6-1, as New Orleans crunched the Apples 25-18.
TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA won five events at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, repeating its performances of 1968, '69 and '70 (page 80).
WEIGHT LIFTING—SERGEI RAKHMANOV of the Soviet Union set a world record of 442 pounds in the snatch for super heavyweights in Kiev. KHRISTO PLACHKOV of Bulgaria held the previous record of 440.92.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: DICK VITALE, 37, as coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing interim Coach Bob Kauffman. Vitale, who was a former coach at the University of Detroit, signed a three-year contract.
OBTAINED: By the Houston Oilers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the No. 1 NFL draft pick that the Oilers will use to acquire Heisman Trophy winner EARL CAMPBELL. In return, the Buccaneers got Tight End Jimmy Giles, plus Houston's first-and second-round picks this year and its third and fifth selections next season.
SYNDICATED: The 1977 Hambletonian winner and Harness Horse of the Year GREEN SPEED for $3.2 million, a record for a trotter. Beverly Lloyds' 4-year-old bay, who has set or tied 15 world records and earned more than $700,000, will be retired to Pine Hollow Stud Farm after the 1978 season.
DIED: All-America guard, pro lineman and football coach HEARTLEY (Hunk) ANDERSON, 79, in West Palm Beach, Fla. A defensive specialist said to have devised the red dog and the safety blitz, Anderson succeeded Knute Rockne at Notre Dame (1931-33) and later coached at St. Louis, Michigan, North Carolina State, and Cincinnati. Anderson also was the line coach of the Detroit Lions (1939) and co-coach of the Chicago Bears (1943-45).